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Update: 5-year-old, 2 others die in head-on crash near St. Peter

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Three people, including a mother and her 5-year-old daughter, were killed and three others were injured in a head-on collision on Highway 169 near Mankato on Sunday afternoon, the Star Tribune reports.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lindi Paul, 36, of St. Peter, Minn., was driving south with her daughter, Emma Paul, 5, when she lost control of her car, crossed the center line and collided with a pickup truck.

Lindi and Emma Paul were pronounced dead shortly after the accident, the patrol said. The driver of the pickup, Michael O’Boyle, 65, of Marion, S.D., died a short time later at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, according to the Star Tribune.

A 4-year-old Minnesota girl in O'Boyle's vehicle was hospitalized with serious injuries. The other passengers, a 65-year-old woman from Marion and an 8-year-old Minnesota boy, did not have life-threatening injuries, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The highway was dry at the time of the accident. No alcohol was detected, the patrol said.

According to the patrol, everyone but Lindi Paul was wearing a seat belt.

Police closed the northbound lane of Highway 169 leading out of Mankato for a time after the crash occurred.

WCCO had video from the scene.


The accident is the latest in a series of fatal car crashes in southern Minnesota. Earlier this month, four high school students were killed on Highway 14 near Sleepy Eye when their car lost control on icy pavement. In late February, three students at Carleton College in Northfield died when the car they were riding in collided with a semi truck on Highway 3 just north of town. Two others in the car are still recovering from their injuries.

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